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Posted by Erica McAlister Sep 3, 2010

I thought that i would just add some photos of a recent collecting trip with some of the volunteers.

 

at first the volunteers seemed very relaxed about the sampling...

 

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But soon they became more excited...

 

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Action shot through some woodlands - James the volunteer at the front seemed to be the most excited all weekend!

 

and below is a typical dipterist pose....

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See another one at it.....

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and yet more....

 

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...but once all of the flies have been caught (and killed!) it is down to the serious business of pinning and mounting the specimens.

 

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and my, weren't they dedicated....

 

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Kim Goodger and I gave them some pointers..

 

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and for three days we collected....

 

from woodlands after the rain..

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(i would advise never approaching this group...)

 

through the salt marshes..

 

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and up on the heathlands...

 

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and the specimens arrived back at the Museum for the fun task of identification of the material...

 

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All in all, a good time was had by all!

 

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Definitely organise a trip like that again!

Erica McAlister

Erica McAlister

Member since: Sep 3, 2009

I'm Erica McAlister, Curator of Diptera in the Entomology Department. My role involves working in the collection (I have about 30000 species to look after and over a million specimens), sometimes in the lab, and thankfully sometimes in the field.

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